Volunteering free time to give to those in need has never felt more rewarding. South High Skills USA students and their advisor, Auto Instructor Tom Cross, partnered with Melody Staebner to create a memorable holiday season. As the Indian Education Coordinator for Fargo Public Schools, Staebner has close ties in the Native American community and knows first-hand the families in need.
Cross thought providing gifts for the families would be something that his students would take pride in doing for the holiday season. He presented this idea to his students in November, and they immediately began planning.
The students were all hands-on from brainstorming what to purchase, where to find the gifts, what to wrap everything in, and how gifts would be purchased. Staebner provided a list of names and ages of kids from six different families, totaling 19 students and their parents. Cross and his students met after school to go shopping for the gifts using money from their fundraising account.
“The students had a blast coming up with gift ideas, shopping and wrapping,” said Cross.
Within a week, all gifts were purchased, organized for each family, and wrapped. Volunteers stayed after school to complete the process in time for delivery.
“For some kids, this was their first experience in wrapping,” said Cross. “They enjoyed every minute of it!”